MotoGP Qualifying Results From Sepang GP

Desmo Dovi puts Ducati Team on pole; Rossi and Lorenzo in P2 and P3 for the penultimate round in Malaysia.

Desmo Dovi, Ducati Team
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team©Motorcyclist

Grand Prix of Malaysia Qualifying Results
Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI
Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
Jorge LORENZO (99) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA
Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA
Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA
Andrea IANNONE (29) Ducati Team DUCATI
Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
Maverick VIÑALES (25) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI
Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
Loris BAZ (76) Avintia Racing DUCATI
Pol ESPARGARO (44) Monster Tech 3 YAMAHA
Hector BARBERA (8) Avintia Racing DUCATI
Bradley SMITH (38) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA
Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA
Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
Stefan BRADL (6) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA
Hiroshi AOYAMA (7) Repsol Honda Team HONDA
Scott REDDING (45) OCTO Pramac Yakhnich DUCATI
Eugene LAVERTY (50) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
Yonny HERNANDEZ (68) Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI
Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took a stunning MotoGP pole position at Sepang International Circuit, slicing half a second off the time at the top and remained unthreatened. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took P2 on his final lap, just edging out teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist
Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha
Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha©Motorcyclist

In Q1, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) took control of the wet session then lowered his time further to top the table by a good margin over Frenchman Loris Baz (Avintia Racing). Baz, despite a Turn 2 crash, had done enough before the incident to secure his place in the second session and the two moved through.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda©Motorcyclist
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda©Motorcyclist

Conditions for Q2 remained wet, but Dovizioso came out fighting near the start of the session and set what was an unthreatened provisional pole position lap time on only his second attempt before being the only man able to beat that as he later took another few hundredths off. Rossi suffered a small moment around Turn 1 in Q2, before gathering it back up to go for another attack and just take second on his final run.

Lorenzo, who has struggled in 2016 getting the Michelin wet front tire to work for him, put in a stunning show in the difficult conditions to not only duel with teammate Rossi, but qualify on the front row in conditions that have proved more difficult for the Mallorcan this season. With higher ambient temperatures and growing confidence, Lorenzo was a wet weather pacesetter in Sepang once again.

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) heads the second row as he struggles with illness and isn’t quite 100 percent, hoping to be back to his best for race day, with Crutchlow crashing out as he pushed to move forward and then picking the bike up to go for one more lap, taking an impressive P5.

Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team©Motorcyclist

Recovering and returning Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) put in a solid run in difficult conditions to qualify in sixth, ahead of the Team Suzuki Ecstar duo of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales – who both struggled slightly more in the washout of the Q2 session.

Aleix, Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar
Aleix, Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar©Motorcyclist
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar©Motorcyclist

Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will line up ninth after not only graduating to Q2 but also qualifying within the top 10 for the Noale factory, with Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) impressing to complete the top ten after graduating from Q1.

Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini©Motorcyclist
Loris Baz, Avintia Racing
Loris Baz, Avintia Racing©Motorcyclist

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was P11 after a tire decision switch, ahead of twelfth-placed Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing), with race day however sure to see track conditions change once again.